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ACSM Certified Clinical
Exercise Physiologist

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Prerequisites for the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification

Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology (click here to see the details of an eligible program)

Practical Experience in a clinical exercise program (click here to see details).

Minimum of 400 Hours if a graduate of a CAAHEP Accredited program (through the CoAES)

Minimum of 500 Hours if a graduate of a non-CAAHEP Accredited program (through the CoAES)

Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification (with hands-on practical skills component)

Notice: To better represent the scope of practice and expertise of the exercise professionals holding this title, ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise SpecialistSM (ACSM CES) has been renamed to ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP). Learn more about the change here

Make a Difference. Join the Leading Team.

Want to give others the guidance and strength to lead a healthy lifestyle? With an ACSM certification you will make an impact on the lives of others.

The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP) conducts pre-participation health screening, maximal and submaximal graded exercise tests, and performs strength, flexibility and body composition tests for patients and clients challenged with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and disorders, as well as with apparently healthy populations.


Professional sports medicine certification began with us.

Founded in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine was the first organization to certify health fitness professionals. As a leader in the industry, ACSM establishes the exercise guidelines that all other certifications use for training and certification, and therefore, we continue to set what we like to call "the Gold Standard."

As a non-profit institution, we are driven by our commitment to education and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Our certifications are the backbone of organization, and we want to provide you with the tools and support needed to make sure you have a successful career in health and fitness.


Download the exam content outline.

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification examination. Every question on the examination is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements in the outline. This document also provides the percentage of questions within each domain of the examination. This is an important resource to use in preparing for the exam. ACSM offers three study books that will provide CEP candidates with the latest health and fitness research and material, practice tests, and exercise testing and prescription knowledge. Invest all three for full-spectrum comprehension.

Study Options

CEP Workshops and Webinars

ACSM is dedicated to providing materials for all learning styles. In addition to study books ACSM also offers CEP workshops and webinars to accommodate candidates' individual lifestyles. Choose your own setting; set your own time commitment.


ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription / $46.99
ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription / $77.99
ACSM's Certification Review / $48.99
Complete Study Kit: Buy all three and save / $147.87


ACSM tests are scheduled through Pearson VUE, an organization that administers more than 5,000 computer-based testing centers throughout the world. Once you are ready to schedule your exam at one of several testing centers, follow the link below to visit the Pearson VUE. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 800-486-5643. For questions directly related to your exam scheduling, please call Pearson VUE at 888-883-2276.

ACSM Members: email certification@acsm.org to request your Member Discount Voucher. Include your member ID, specify which exam you plan to take, and include information about any applicable degree and clinical hour requirements.



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